Sunday, October 17, 2010

Journey into cloth diapering

Many years ago I stumbled upon a catalog of natural baby products.  Inside the catalog I found pictures of cloth diapers that looked easy to use.  This intrigued me and I kept it in the back of my mind.  When I was expecting my oldest child I had determined to check out these things called modern cloth diapers. 

My first foray into cloth diapering came in a large cardboard box that I found sitting on my doorstep one day.  I opened it to find my choice of prefolds, covers, fitted diapers, and a pocket diaper.  It wasn’t long before my newborn son was wearing his comfortable cloth diapers. 

As someone brand new to cloth diapering it was hard to know what type of diapers to choose.  I decided to try out many different styles and brands to see which one would work the best for us.  I wish a couple of Thanks Mama’s packages were available to me when I first started cloth diapering.  The Cloth Diaper System Sampler would have given me a way to try out an all in one diaper, a pocket diaper, a fitted diaper, a contour diaper, a prefold, and two styles of diaper covers for a reasonable price.  The Basic and Deluxe Newborn Packages would have given me everything I needed for a newborn with a variety of brands and styles of diapers.

In addition to the sample of cloth diapers I had ordered I was given a bunch of Kushies Classics to use.  Kushies Classics are unique diapers.  They can be used as an all in one or a fitted.  They feature soft flannel on the outer layer and flannel against the baby’s skin.  Under the outer layer of flannel there is a waterproof layer so they can be used for lighter wetting times without a cover.  The flannel was so soft and comfortable for my baby.  I just added some doublers to accommodate my heavy wetting son so I could use them as all in ones. 

When I started cloth diapering I had a little clothes line out in the backyard and I would take my infant son outside for some fresh air while I hung up the diapers to dry.  The natural bleaching from the sun was good to the diapers.  Any stains naturally bleached to white in the sun.

That was over 8 years ago.  I have one child still in cloth diapers.  Many years have gone by, but I still enjoy trying out different brands and styles of cloth diapers.  It is great that there are places like Thanks Mama that offer a wide variety of cloth diapers as well as excellent packages for parents just starting out in the cloth diapering journey.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cloth Diapers, truly a blessing, written by a Cloth Addicted Mama

When I mentioned to my family that I wanted to use cloth diapers, you should have seen the looks that they gave me.

“You want to use what?”

“Why would you want to use those?”

“Who gave you that idea?”

Even still until this day, when I tell someone I cloth diaper, they still imagine these prefolds, and safety pins. Then, comes the explaining of modern cloth diapers, and why I LOVE THEM! However, This is all my Aunt Karine's fault she got me started.


Matthew, My Chunky Bum Boy

Matthew is 9 months old, and growing fast. He is adventurous, curious, and most of all a little chunky bum. He has been in cloth completely, I am proud to say for the last 6 months. Not even one disposable diaper has touched his bum! How did I handle the “iffy” family members? Easy, I didn’t give them a choice. When I need a babysitter, I send him only with cloth, not one disposable. I tell my family to leave it in the wetbag, (which I have to explain what that is) and I will take care of it. It’s that simple.


I love to use Rockin Green on my dipes

Modern cloth has come a long way from when I was in diapers, from 1989 to 1991. My mother, and grandmother, cloth diapered me for about 1 week. Some people can stomach it, some people can’t. They were the ones that could not. I believe they said they got me with the safety pin, about 10 times and my grandmother threw up about double that number.
Hook and loop, and snaps now replace the pins, and waterproof fabric outside and an absorbent inside of a one piece diaper, now replaces the prefold and waterproof cover. How much easier could it be to cloth diaper a baby? It couldn’t!

What gets hard is finally making a decision of which cloth diaper is right for you and your baby. It all depends on size, rise, age, ect. My son did great in the bumGenius 3.0 AIO until he learned to open the Velcro… (Oh My, That was a MESS!). Now, we use snaps. I Love the snaps!


bumGenius 4.0 w/ snaps, the rest are bG 3.0 AIO's

So It has been decided unanimously by me, mommy, that we LOVE bumGenius! Their new 4.0 One Size is a blessing in our household.

Cloth Diapers

bumGenius 4.0 fits great on his chunky leg

As you read above we loved the 3.0 AIO’s, but when this 4.0 came out, it was a must have for me. Matthew cannot undo the snaps, which is a blessing in disguise, since we have already had 2 poopy messes! The diaper came with a insert for the medium and large setting, and the newborn insert. We actually use both inserts in this diaper because Matthew must have a Waterfall when he pees, and pees through most anything else! These are so generous in the sizing that it even fits his chunky thighs on the medium setting, and most everything else he is in a large. He is 30in long, and 22lbs at 9 months old, so I am sure why you can see we use larges on his chunky bum.

We have also decided to give up using disposable wipes in this timeframe too. We use the 9x9 cloth wipes I make here at home. One side terry cloth, one side snuggle flannel. Matthew loves these ones; I always have to give him one of his own when I change his bum. They are so colorful, and they help him with his hand eye coordination.

We are 6 months and going strong being a cloth diapering family, and very proud of it. We tell everyone we know.

Most people who do not cloth diaper think that the diapers are "bulky" and you can't put regular clothes on with them. Which they really are not. But, there is a solution for that if you still think so. There are Baby Legs! Baby legs are the baby version of leg warmers, and they are so darn cute!


Matthew in his cloth diaper bG 4.0, and baby legs!

So for those of you who have recently switched, congratulations on making the decision to use Cloth! You are helping the environment, and your wallet! I want to know, why did you decide to go with cloth?

For the pro's, do you remember what made you switch? What drew you in? I would LOVE to know.

On the fun side…Here is my cute little chunky bum in his fluff!




I really hope you enjoyed our adventures and our pictures. If you would like to see more of us, come check out our blog, "Lions, and Tigers and Boys Oh My!"


Friday, October 1, 2010

Bummis for your baby

Bummis is a well-known cloth diaper manufacturer that has stood the test of time.  A small group of mothers began Bummis in the 1980’s and created products that have been used with babies around the world.  Today the Bummis company is still introducing high quality products. 

Bummis made the popular Tots Bots products available to North America.  The Easy Fit Diaper is an all in one diaper available in two sizes.  The inner material is made from absorbent polyester microfiber and soft rayon made from bamboo.  It features an attached liner that can be folded to give you up to six layers of absorbency where your baby needs it most.  It comes in two sizes.  The largest size fits from approximately 8-35 lbs with three different size settings.  Size can be adjusted by snap down settings on the front of the diaper.  The smaller size is called a Tiny Fit Diaper.  It is designed to fit from 5-12 lbs.  It comes in white and a variety of colors.  The Easy Fit also comes in a selection of cute prints.

The Stretchy Bamboozle is also made by Tots Bots in Scotland and offered to North America through Bummis.  While the Bamboozle has been available in the USA for years it is new and improved.  The Bamboozle with Aplix fasteners is made from stretchy rayon from bamboo.  The stretchiness helps give you a great fit every time.  The inner hidden layer of microfiber and the snap in doubler increase absorbency and lessen drying time.  The Bamboozle is made in two different sizes to fit from infancy to potty training.  Size 1 is designed to fit from approximately 5-18 lbs and the Size 2 diaper is designed to fit from approximately 10-35 lbs. 

Bummis Fabulous Wet Bags make cloth diaper storage easy.  They come in three different sizes and are available in the colorful Super Brite fabrics.  The small size measures 10 x 12 inches and the medium measures 14 x 15 inches.  They both come with a snap-able handle that can attach to a stroller or a doorknob.  The zipper closure keeps odors inside.  The large size works well as a hanging diaper pail or diaper pail liner.  It measures 24 x 24 inches.  While it doesn’t come with a snap-able handle it does come with a zipper closure and a drawstring.   The drawstring can be used to hang the bag. 

Bummis Training Pants are now available in their popular Froggy Pond print.  Bummis training pants are made with comfortable inner flannel and three layers of absorbent terry material.  A layer of waterproof laminate is sandwiched between the inner flannel and outer material which is made from soft polyester knit.  With soft lycra bindings at the legs and waist they can be easily pulled up an down by your toddler.    

Bummis products are known for their durability and quality.  Bummis offers a wide variety of diaper covers, cloth diapers, and accessories.  Visit Thanks Mama to take a peek at the many options Bummis brings to cloth diapering.  

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